Wolves v Arsenal, Wed 19:45
Tottenham are sure to be ruing their Bank Holiday Monday defeat at the hands of Norwich City but the loss means that bitter North London rivals Arsenal can secure their place in the European qualification spots when they travel to the Molineux on Wednesday, as Victor Chandler offer long odds on Terry Connor’s side causing a midweek Premiership upset.
With five wins and just one loss in their last six matches, Arsenal are the third strongest Premier League team in terms of recent form and will be striving to condemn basement side Wolves further in their midweek trip.
Despite their appalling record of late, Terry Connor’s side managed to pull off a draw at the Emirates Stadium in December before he took over the reins of the team.
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However, history does not bode well for the hosts, who have failed to win against the Gunners since 1979 when the top flight was still Division One.
Wolves are now without a win in over two months and lie six points from safety, and a defeat at Molinuex tonight would certainly see the club preparing for life in the Championship next season.
Arsenal are flying on the other hand and can add a seventh victory in eight games if they succeed in their efforts in the West Midlands.
The North London outfit have looked more than comfortable going forward when away from home this season, failing to net in just 19% of their fixtures away from the Emirates Stadium.
However, defending has been more than a little less successful and would appear to be the main culprit behind why Arsene Wenger’s men struggled to maintain a top four spot for so long.
Arsenal have conceded an average of 1.81 goals per game this campaign, most recently succumbing to QPR at Loftus Road, and will be hoping not to lose to another relegation candidate in the space of two weeks.
Wednesday’s visitors are sure to be on a high after their Easter win over Manchester City but will be upset at losing Laurent Koscielny, who will now serve a two-match ban after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season.
Arsene Wenger likely to bring in Johan Djourou at the centre of defence, with Kieran Gibbs also struggling with a knock sustained last week as the Frenchman looks to juggle his defensive pack.
Wolves won’t see any faces return in time for their midweek match, as long term injury absentees Jamie O’Hara, Stephen Hunt and Jody Craddock are all some way from full fitness.